Moyer's Struggles

The Phillies just can’t find any consistency with their starting pitching.

Joe Blanton pitches well Monday, Brett Myers struggles Tuesday.

Chan Ho Park matches Johan Santana on Wednesday, Jamie Moyer can’t get out of the third inning Thursday.

Moyer allowed seven earned runs in just 2 1/3 innings tonight against the Mets at Citi Field. It was the shortest start for Moyer since May 11, 2005, against the New York Yankees, when he allowed 6 runs in 2 1/3 innings. It also was the fourth time in Moyer’s career that he allowed seven earned runs or more in fewer than three innings pitched:

  • Aug. 11, 1986 vs. Pittsburgh: 1 1/3 ip, 7 h, 7 r, 7 er, 2 bb, 1 k, 1 hr.
  • May 30, 1993 at California: 1 1/3 ip, 6 h, 7 r, 7 er, 1 bb, 2 k, 1 hr.
  • July 30, 1993 vs. Boston: 2 ip, 6 h, 7 r, 7 er, 1 bb, 1 k, 2 hr.
  • May 7, 2009 at Mets: 2 1/3 ip, 7 h, 7 r, 7 er, 2 bb, 1 k, 3 hr.

Moyer now has a 7.26 ERA after six starts.


J.A. Happ allowed just two hits in 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief. He has a 2.84 ERA in 10 relief appearances.


Charlie left Moyer in too long. It was already 5-1 in the 3rd, Moyer let the first few hitters on, and it was obvious that he had absolutely nothing tonight. If Happ wasn’t warm yet, then Charlie should have gotten him up sooner. Those extra 2 runs made the difference.

I like Charlie, but he tends to leave pitchers in too long sometimes. There are some nights when it’s obvious that a pitcher doesn’t have it and you need to make a preemptive strike and remove him before disaster strikes. Moyer should have been lifted at 5-1, if not sooner.

It reminds me of the game against the Marlins last year when Tom Gordon had absolutely nothing, but Charlie left him in after he walked the bases loaded and he served up the Grand Slam.

I wanted to throw an interesting stat out there, but maybe it’s just an anomaly: The Phillies are 2-9 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, while they are 12-3 on any other day of the week.

Im sooooo sick of the poor pitching from the starters! What is going on here? When will Happ start?? These guys are walking hitters like its there job…its pathetic!!! This is how it went last year, but not this bad. Then the bats went dead cold and the starters stepped up. The bullpen was solid all year, and its looking that way this year. I would just hate to see the bats go cold again for 2 months

It was pretty clear from the beginning that Jamie wasn’t going to get any close pitches called for strikes by that umpire, probably a Mets fan. Charlie has to know that if Jamie is forced to throw more toward the middle of the plate, he is going to be killed. In cases like last night, Jamie should tell Charlie that the umpire isn’t giving him any of the borderline pitches and ask to be taken out. Carlos can validate the facts. Jamie has to swallow his pride and do what’s best for the team. It’s not fair for us to blame Charlie, who respects Jamie and would never embarrass him just to win one game.

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